Monday, June 18, 2018

Beware, Tampa: Francis Underwood cometh

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is coming to Tampa to lead an acting workshop when the "Bollywood Oscars" — the International Indian Film Academy's weekend and awards — arrives in April, IIFA announced Wednesday.

Spacey will be leading an acting workshop "where keen participants attempt to delve into the minds of masters from the world's most flourishing and prolific entertainment industries; Hollywood and Indian film industry," IIFA said in its announcement. He will be joined in the master class by Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who won India's prestigious National Award for her thriller Kahaani.

Spacey, who won Academy Awards for his performances in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, ignited interest with his most recent role as Francis Underwood in Netflix's House of Cards. Spacey has been the Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theater Company in London for the last decade, and won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers.

Further proving how glitzy the four-day gala will be, the Bollywood Oscars is more than just an awards show. The big event also honors Indian culture, fashion and film. It will be held April 26, when IIFA unfurls its trademark green carpet for the awards show at Raymond James Stadium. But all of April 24-26 will be taken up with workshops, parties and dignitaries from both U.S. and Indian cinema. The show is expected to be watched by up to 800 million viewers around the world when it arrives in the U.S. for the first time.

This is Spacey's first appearance at the IIFAs, according to the Gulf News, the leading English-language newspaper in the Middle East. The gala has drawn Hollywood bigwigs such as Angelina Jolie and Hilary Swank in recent years.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Baby Dish

'Crash' star Thandie Newton welcomes baby No. 3

English actress Thandie Newton has welcomed her third child. The Pursuit of Happyness star announced on Twitter Tuesday that she gave birth to her first son at home on Monday. "Our baby boy is finally here! Booker Jombe Parker. Born joyously at home yesterday," she wrote. She also asked the Twitterverse to "keep independent midwifery alive!" Woo! Newton married husband Ol Parker in 1998, E! News reports. They have two daughters: Ripley, 13, and Nico, 9.

Kelsey Grammer is about to be a father of six — SIX!

Kelsey Grammer has his own little Brady Bunch going on. The 59-year-old Frasier star is expecting his sixth child, his second with wife Kayte Walsh, Us Weekly reports. The couple attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday where Katye was sporting a little baby bump that Kelsey was seen rubbing throughout the evening. The couple has a daughter named Faith, who is 19 months old. Faith was a twin, but her brother died in utero. Back in 2012, Kelsey told Access Hollywood that the tragedy wouldn't stop them from having more kids. "I think we'll have at least two more, if not three or four," he said at the time. "I think it's a great way to live a life." Sure, as long as you have all the money to … oh, yeah, he's loaded. Grammer is dad to Spencer, 30, Greer, 22, Mason, 12, and Jude, 9. He also has a 2-year-old grandson named Emmett, so that's nuts.

Oprah to Lilo: Cut the B.S.

Spoiler alert: The filming of Lindsay Lohan's OWN reality show did not go off without a hitch. Also, apparently it's not the wisest to accept an opportunity from Oprah Winfrey if you're just going to mess around and not give any hecks, Lilo-style. The first preview for the Mean Girls star's docu-drama reveals what we've been reading for months, that Lindsay had slipped back into her flaky ways. She subsequently got, well, owned by O, Radar Online reports. In the clip, Winfrey is steaming after finding out that the embattled star was canceling shoots with her camera crew. This was right around the time rumors were swirling that the 27-year-old, who had just finished rehab, was drinking again. "This is exactly what everybody said was going to happen," Oprah said, "and I believed differently." To Lohan the media mogul said, "My truth is that I really do want you to win. I really do. If that isn't what you want, I'm okay with that. I will tell these guys to pack up and leave." Ouch. That's like the ol' "I'm not mad; I'm just disappointed" with a side threat of "I'll take away your spotlight." Lindsay said this time would be different, to which Oprah replied, "You need to cut the bullshit. You really do." Gasp! Naughty word! Obviously, the show went on and the two are still on tweeting terms. Oprah, on Tuesday: "are you ready for the world to see what Recovery looks like?" Lindsay: "Ready as I'll ever be. Thank you so much. Here we go!! #lindsayonOWN." Lindsay premieres on Sunday.

who wore it better?

Is Keira Knightley a robot? No, but wow, she sure looks like one, doesn't she? The 28-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean actress is just wearing some crazy creation by Karl Lagerfeld that accentuates and cinches her alarmingly tiny waist. The design Knightley wore to the Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday appears to be a matching boxy crop top and skirt with a super-tight and disorienting midsection. The Anna Karenina actress sat in the front row at the show with rocker hubby James Righton, the keyboardist for the Klaxons. Getty Images, iStockphoto.com

     
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